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Astronaut Remembrance Weekend Programs Honor Fallen Astronauts Jan. 29-30

Film screening and special programs during Astronaut Remembrance Weekend

SEATTLE – Jan. 28 is the 25th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster. During the Museum’s annual Astronaut Remembrance Weekend, Jan. 29-30, the fallen astronauts of Apollo 1, and space shuttles STS-51-L Challenger and STS-107 Columbia will be honored with special exhibits and activities, including a documentary film about Challenger astronaut Christa McAuliffe, “I Touch the Future, I Teach.” The film will be shown at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The weekend program will also feature an exhibit on astronaut Michael Anderson–a Washington state native who died during the Challenger disaster, biographies of each of the astronauts who lost their lives in the line of duty, a weekend family workshop and a Jan. 29 “Voyage to Mars” in the Museum’s Challenger Learning Center program 11 a.m. All events are free with Museum admission, except for the public CLC program which requires advanced registration.
“I Touch the Future, I Teach!” Documentary Movie Jan. 29-30
This award-winning documentary is narrated by Susan Sarandon and features songs by Carly Simon. It is the story of a courageous woman and passionate teacher, with a lifelong commitment to education.
Challenger Learning Center Mission to Mars Program Jan. 29
The Challenger Learning Center creates a realistic experience in which students take control of a space mission, performing all of the activities, critically timed tasks, and real-time decision-making to keep the astronauts safe, the experiments on target, and the whole team in constant communication. One part of the team is in Mission Control, the other is in space–both groups work together to successfully accomplish the goals of the mission.
In honor of the 25th anniversary, we are offering the public a unique opportunity to experience a Challenger Learning Center, “Voyage to Mars” mission:
Date: Jan. 29, 2011
Time: 11 am – 1 pm
Age:     10 years old and up*
Fee:     $12/participant
Pre-registration required (deadline Jan. 27, 2011): 206-764-1384
*Youth under age 16 must be accompanied by adult. Non-participating adults are free.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $13 for active military, $9 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit

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